Donor: International Development Research Center (IDRC)
Application procedure: Letter of Inquiry
Donor base: Canada
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: ongoing

Financial details

Grant size: Medium - up to $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: -
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Capacity Building
  • Children & Youth
  • Climate Change
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Food Security
  • Governance & Democracy
  • Health
  • Human Rights
  • Research, Technology & Innovation
  • Social Inclusion
  • Women & Gender

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe

  2. America

      Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay

  3. Asia

      Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza


1) Objective

The IDRC’s mandate is to conduct research into the problems of the developing regions of the world and into the means for applying and adapting scientific, technical, and other knowledge to the economic and social advancement of those regions. In doing so, they make an important contribution to Canada’s foreign policy. They fund research in the areas of:

  • Climate-Resilient Food Systems: they fund research that helps build inclusive and sustainable food systems. Their work helps develop resilience among communities severely affected by climate change and address emerging health threats that arise from food systems.
  • Health: they strengthen health systems and policies so they can deliver better maternal and child health, improved sexual and reproductive health and rights for women and girls, and more effective and equitable preparedness and responses to epidemics.
  • Education and Science: they support research to ensure children and youth from vulnerable populations are in school and benefit from high-quality education. They also support women’s leadership in strong science systems that produce knowledge and innovation and improve lives.
  • Democratic and Inclusive Governance: they invest in research and innovation so that people around the world can enjoy the benefits that democracy and inclusive governance bring to everyday life. Their work on democracy and how countries are governed supports tangible improvements for everyone, especially women, minorities, refugees, and other groups that are denied their rightful place in civic life.
  • Sustainable Inclusive Economies: they build the evidence base to support sustainable development that reduces greenhouse gas emissions. They enhance climate resiliency, foster shared prosperity, and expand economic opportunities for women and youth.

2) Eligibility

Developing-country researchers, institutions, and Canadian researchers are eligible.

3) Location

They are working in selected countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

4) Budget

Average research project size is $400,000. Their annual budget is around $120 million.

5) Application

IDRC rarely funds unsolicited proposals. If you are interested in submitting an unsolicited proposal, it is best to approach a member of the relevant IDRC Program Division Team to discuss your idea first. Furthermore, submitting an unsolicited proposal does not guarantee that it will be assessed. It must meet minimum requirements and propose relevant programming in order to be reviewed. Applicants may submit a preliminary proposal to IDRC for eligibility screening. Following the pre-screening stage, the applicant may be invited to submit a full proposal.

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